The Carb Lovers Diet is a diet plan created by two editors and nutrition experts at Health Magazine.
While many popular plans out there shun carbs as the number one enemy, the Carb Lover’s Diet allows you to keep carbohydrates in your diet and still lose weight – just as long as you pick the right carbs and only eat them in the recommended amounts.
If you’re thinking of trying this diet, here are some of its pros and cons to help you make a decision.
Pros and Cons of the Carb Lovers Diet
1. It Allows You to Eat Carbs
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Not only does the Carb Lovers Diet allow you to eat fruits and vegetables, but it also incorporates whole grains and starchy vegetables (including sweet potatoes, beans, and brown rice) into the plan.
The diet is based on the “resistant carb” principle, which basically establishes that some carbs pass through your body almost undigested. As a result, they don’t enter your bloodstream and don’t affect your blood sugar, preventing spikes of energy as well as sugar cravings.
Research seems to support this. For example, a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that resistant starches increase satiety, reducing hunger and cravings, and causing you to eat less as a result.
2. Most Of The Weight Loss Occurs During The First Month
According to the creators of the Carb Lovers Diet, the average person following this diet will lose about eight pounds during the first month. Of those, an impressive six pounds can be lost on the first week alone, when the diet is more restrictive.
This is a good thing if fast results motivate you or if you need a diet to help you kick start your weight loss after hitting a plateau. However, if you have a lot of weight to lose, it might feel discouraging once things start to slow down.
3. It Advocates Small Portions
The Carb Lovers Diet is all about eating small portions of food every few hours. Rather than three meals a day, the program recommends 4-5 small meals spread evenly throughout the day. You will still be eating between 1200-1600 calories a day, which is similar to amounts recommended by other diet plans out there. However, splitting those calories into small servings may help conquer cravings and hunger more easily for some people.
4. The Diet Can Feel Restrictive
While the Carb Lovers Diet allows you eat almost any food in moderation, it discourages simple carbohydrates (refined starches), including anything white like pasta, bread, white rice, and sugary cereals low in fiber.
Other items, like wine and chocolate, are only allowed once a week, as a special indulgence.
This is no different to most weight loss plans out there, but it can still feel restrictive if you have an active social life or are used to eating out.
5. There’s No “Bad” Food Group
Because this weight loss program doesn’t ban any of the food groups, you won’t have to worry about missing out on important nutrients. Certain vitamins — including antioxidants A and C, as well as the B vitamin group — are commonly found in carbs and are essential to keep your cells young and to ward off disease.
6. It Requires Cooking
There are no pre-packaged foods or meals available for followers of this diet, and prepared meals are discouraged simply because it’s hard to keep track of ingredients when you’re buying premade meals.
The diet does come with recipes, which require you to cook all your meals from scratch. While healthy, this can be time consuming and not necessarily practical for every person.
You can learn more about the diet through their book, “The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook.”